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  • JRR Tolkien advised by WH Auden to drop romance

    02/16/2014 6:26:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 02.11.14
    WH Auden attempted to persuade JRR Tolkien to drop the romance between Aragorn and Arwen from the storyline of The Lord of the Rings, describing it as "unnecessary and perfunctory", an unpublished letter by the author has revealed. The 1955 letter sees Tolkien writing to his publisher about the difficulties of completing The Return of the King, the third and final part of his magnum opus, in which Aragorn and his men face a final battle with Sauron's troops, as the hobbits Frodo and Sam continue on their journey to destroy the One Ring. At the end, Aragorn is crowned...
  • Happy 40th Birthday, Dungeons & Dragons

    01/09/2014 12:39:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jan. 6 2014 | Mollie McWilliams
    Its creation paved the way for the gaming world of today -- adding social elements and changing the definition of what constitutes a game. It led the way for World of Warcraft, Fable, Final Fantasy, and many more -- and it's turning 40 years old. Happy birthday, Dungeons & Dragons. We're not part of the 20 million people who've put a player character into the game and rolled the polyhedral dice to see how the events of D&D unfold. We've never purchased any of the $1-billion worth of game merchandise sold over the last four decades, but we do know...
  • Arrow-wielding elves and fiery Smaug amp up action in 'The Hobbit'

    12/12/2013 5:53:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies ^ | December 12, 2013 6:03 PM ET.
    In the male-dominated realm of Middle Earth, only a few female characters are given a chance to shine - notably Liv Tyler's elf maiden Arwen and Cate Blanchett's elf queen Galadriel in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. When adapting Tolkein's prequel "The Hobbit" into three films, Jackson worked with producers to create a new character not featured in the original book. Unlike Tyler and Blanchett's characters, the elf warrior Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, is not high-born - she is a working class 'Silvan' elf, who guards the Elven kingdom.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - review

    12/06/2013 3:31:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | Friday 6 December 2013 22.17 GMT | Peter Bradshaw
    eter Jackson has picked up the pace. He began his Hobbit trilogy at an amiable, meanderingly wayward canter, and tried the patience of believers and non-believers alike with that initial supper scene, almost an epic in itself. But this second episode commences with a narrative whipcrack – a quick flashback to Gandalf and Thorin tensely discussing their great plan in the snug bar of the Prancing Pony – and then we're off, at a tremendous gallop. The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson...
  • Is George R.R. Martin the “American Tolkien”?

    05/31/2013 12:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 134 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.31.13 | Anne Hobson
    With the end of the third season of Game of Thrones in sight (June 9th), a global audience of over 5 million is debating whether or not George R.R. Martin is the rightful “American Tolkien.” I argue that while The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have striking similarities, Martin is actually pioneering a distinct genre—a new kind of fantasy novel informed by historical fiction and politics. Martin admits that he was influenced a great deal by Tolkien, and mirrored the structure of his novels off of Tolkien’s work: “Tolkien begins his story in the Shire with one...
  • The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

    04/03/2013 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Altariel · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2013 | Maev Kennedy
    In what was once the housekeeper's office of a Tudor mansion in Hampshire, a very odd golden ring glitters on a revolving stand in a tall perspex column. In chapter five of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds a ring in the gloom of Gollum's cave. Not just any ring. "One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring." A new exhibition opening today at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, raises the intriguing possibility that the Roman ring in the case, and the ring of power in JRR Tolkien's...
  • Anyone disturbed by "The Hobbit" film?

    12/26/2012 3:46:05 AM PST · by LinnieBeth · 83 replies
    12-26-12 | LinnieBeth
    We went to see The Hobbit yesterday and we thought it was awful. Been surprised that since it's release there haven't been any posts to the Hole. Are you all disgusted with Part 1?
  • 'The Hobbit' stumbles on first leg of its journey, critics say

    12/14/2012 4:35:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    lat ^ | December 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. | By Oliver Gettell
    <p>Although the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit" carries the subtitle "An Unexpected Journey," it wasn't entirely unexpected that the director would revisit Middle-earth after the worldwide success of his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.</p>
  • 'Mount Doom' set to erupt in New Zealand

    11/23/2012 6:48:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | AFP
    A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings" movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials have said. The Department of Conservation (DOC) warned hikers to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu, saying that temperature readings by scientists indicated there was an increased risk of eruption at New Zealand's largest active volcano. "The current situation can't continue, Ruapehu is so active that the temperatures have been going up and down a lot," DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand... Official monitoring body GNS Science...
  • The Lord of the Rings Acapella

    11/23/2012 1:27:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 26, 2011 | Amy8Rob
    Acapella arrangement of the Lord of the Rings score. Its a medley based on the film and the musical.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness Preview to Debut in IMAX with The Hobbit on December 14th

    11/14/2012 8:02:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Trek News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Brian Wilkins
    Paramount Pictures has announced that the first 9 minutes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness will appear exclusively in IMAX 3D prior to showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December.The 9-minute preview will be shown in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning Friday, December 14th.Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.
  • Why J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Just For Kids

    10/17/2012 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | Corey Olsen
    One of the most consistently underappreciated elements of “The Hobbit” is Tolkien’s use of poetry and song throughout the book. Most readers skim over the poems or even skip them outright, but they miss out on some of Tolkien’s most thoughtful and compelling literary moments. The songs in “The Hobbit” are not merely verses embedded in the story; they are poems carefully designed to capture the voices and illustrate the attitudes of their singers. The simple chant of the goblins when they first capture Bilbo and the dwarves, for instance, gives readers a stark insight into the goblin outlook on...
  • New Hobbit Trailer From Brave Now Online

    08/07/2012 4:53:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    PJMedia ^ | August 6, 2012 | None
    New Hobbit trailer available online. YES!!!
  • ‘Hobbit’ trilogy confirmed by Peter Jackson, Internet rejoices

    07/30/2012 10:29:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jen Chaney
    Peter Jackson formally announced this afternoon that his take on “The Hobbit” — originally envisioned as a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale — will be a trilogy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — who, as Smeagol scholars are well aware, directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to much critical acclaim and financial success — had hinted about a third “Hobbit” during a recent appearance at Comic-Con. But today’s statement officially confirms that a third, not-yet-titled movie will follow “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and ”The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Part three of the Bilbo Baggins saga is slated for...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts gives Obama and Democrats a Trojan Horse

    06/30/2012 11:51:37 PM PDT · by SincerelyAmanda · 102 replies
    The Washington Times Communities ^ | June 29th, 2012 | Amanda Read
    After wounding socialism, why didn’t Roberts go for the glory and slay Obamacare while he could? Chief Justice stepped aside to let We the People do the honors.
  • Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien - Jan. 3 !!!

    01/03/2012 9:25:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 25 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | JRR Tolkien
    On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
  • The Hobbit Trailer (2012)

    12/20/2011 8:45:05 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 119 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12-20-2011 | Peter Jackson
  • Reading LOTR:FOTR - Chapter 1 - Part 1 - A Long Expected Party - Audiobook

    11/21/2011 8:34:44 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 23, 2010 | PhilsStuffofDoom
    Read by Phil Dragash and edited, and mixed, sound-effected, and designed, and painted as well. Forgive the many mistakes and glitches. I'm the only one working on this after all!
  • Occupy Wall St., Zuccotti Park being raided by NYPD LIVE thread

    11/14/2011 11:12:30 PM PST · by ResearchMonkey · 292 replies · 1+ views
    live stream #1 ^ | RomperRoomRebellion
    Zuccotti Park being raided by NYPD, LIVE!.Streets closed completely around the park being reported.Global Rev LIVEOccupyNYC LIVELate night entertainment.
  • BREAKING: PROTESTBYPROXY To File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Herman Cain!

    11/02/2011 3:35:22 PM PDT · by PROTESTBYPROXY · 21 replies
    11-02-11 | Protestbyproxy
    I am deeply upset. Mr. Cain did not hit on me!!